The HTC One M7 is an Android smartphone that was released in March of 2013.

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My HTC One M7 got left out it the fog.

I had forgot my red HTC One M7 outside over night, when I realized I left it outside the next day fog had condensed into the phone, drips of water where all over my screen and in the back of it. I dried it with a warm towel all I possibly could and put it to charge. I would hear and sense it vibrate but it would not turn on. Now it wont turn on, I left it in rice but that had no resolution... Is there anything I could do to possibly get my phone back... :(

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Hi,

As you know water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the phone's operating design and could damage the components.

Also while rice is good to eat it does nothing to fix the problem caused by corrosion.

Don't Put Your Device in Rice. Here's Why...

First do not turn on your phone and then you need to remove the battery as soon as possible from the phone to minimize further damage.''

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the phone and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% and is not as effective. If you do check the label to verify the amount

Here is a link that in general, describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

You will probably have to replace the battery as it is very hard to recover a battery from water damage.

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

Hopefully after you have done all this the phone might possibly work correctly again.

Here is a link to the Ifixit guide on how to dis-assemble your phone.

HTC One Repair

If this process seems too daunting, take your phone to a reputable, professional phone repair service and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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